2023 Annual Taste of the Market Event Recap

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Thank you to all those who attended the Annual Taste of the Market Gala presented by Heartland Bank at North Market Bridge Park on Friday, November 3rd! It was wonderful to celebrate with you all! Your support also helps us to further our mission to serve our merchants and the Central Ohio community at large.


Did you walk the red carpet at the Gala?! Find your photos courtesy of Midsole Marketing at the link below!


View & Download Red Carpet Photos Here


Our merchants relished the chance to bring their creativity and skills to the evening’s festivities, and we hope you had a chance to try all of their delicious tastes!

The Merchants also competed for cash prizes. The winners of the Culinary Challenge are:

Hai Poké – Second Runner Up

Banana Lumpia: banana coated in brown sugar, served in a spring roll wrap.

Dos Hermanos – First Runner Up

Tamales Oaxaquenos: banana leaf tamales stuffed with chicken and mole, served with salsa verde or mole.

Holy Crepes – Best in Show

Duck Confit Crepe: duck confit served with seasonal vegetables and mushroomed potatoes.

Congratulations to the winners! We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to our food judges:



Jen Burton, Seventh Son Brewing Co.

Collin Castore, Seventh Son Brewing Co.

Tommy Householder, Watershed Distillery


The menu was something our taste buds cannot forget, but if you’re like us, a little reminder helped remember all the delicious menu items. 

Review the full menu here


There are a lot of people who helped make the Taste of the Market Gala possible and we would like to express our gratitude. THANK YOU to everyone who attended and to our merchants who helped make the event a success! We are so grateful for your support. And of course, THANK YOU to our event sponsors and partners who have made a huge impact in supporting North Market Bridge Park:

Presenting Sponsor

Heartland Bank


Founding Sponsor

Crawford Hoying

Bridge Park


Sustaining Sponsor

Byers Automotive Group


Supporting Sponsor

The Wasserstrom Company


Media Sponsors

City Scene Media Group

Lamar Advertising


Contributing Sponsors

M3S Sports

Vory’s Sater Seymour & Pease LLP


Signature Vendor Sponsor

Ohio Heating & Refrigeration


Supporting Vendor Sponsors

Boards by Morgan Marie

Flywheel Advertising

The Waterworks



Contributing Vendor Sponsors

Boo Konate

On Paper



Patron Vendor Sponsor

Lasting Impressions


Beverage Sponsors

Barley’s Brewing Company

Cutting Edge Selections

Enjoy Dolce Vita

Heidelberg Distributing

Nocterra Brewing Co.

The Getaway Brewing Co.

Vintage Wine Distributor

Watershed Distillery



COLO Market & Oyster Bar

Lan Viet

Gallo’s Pizzeria

Hai Poké

Dos Hermanos

Bake Me Happy

Tajine House

Falafel Kitchen

Holy Crepes

Pasta Ditoni’s

Bubbles Tea & Juice


Hoyo’s Kitchen

Pablo’s Havana Café

On Paper

Market Bar

Market Bar Vinoteca



V.I.P. Live Music by Winchester Steel Co.

Set by DJ Adam Scoppa

Street Magic and Casino Games hosted by Awesome Family Entertainment

Red Carpet Photos by Midsole Marketing




George Kauffman, Board Chair

Rick Grady, Vice President

Craig Shapiro, Treasurer

Melissa Diethelm Selner, Secretary

David Babner, Member at Large

Ken C. Paul, Member at Large

Adrienne Keves, Member at Large

Ian Holmes, Downtown Merchant Representative

Wayne Lin, Bridge Park Merchant Representative

Trustee Members – Mike Beaumont, Billy Cardamon, Jerry DePizzo, Matthew Esber, Nate Fisher, Jeri Grier, Mac Joseph, Harps Mann, Geri Sutter, Lauren Toth, and Jameel Turner


If you missed the Annual Taste of the Market and don’t want to next year, sign up for our email list and we’ll let you know when Taste of the Market returns in 2024!